Kats cease operations after three seasons

Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at 6:42pm

The Nashville Kats officially folded Wednesday after three seasons under the auspices of Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams.

The Kats, who finished 7-9 this past spring, failed to make the Arena Football League playoffs and averaged less than 8,000 fans per game in 2007.

“After much deliberation, I have made the difficult decision to cease operations for the Nashville Kats Arena Football Team,” Adams said in a statement. “I take pride in the fact that we were able to secure an AFL franchise, retain the Kats name and logo and return year-round football to Nashville for three seasons. Unfortunately, our ownership group couldn’t put together a viable financial model that would be successful over the long-term. I’d like to thank our loyal Kats fans and all of our coaches and staff for their dedication and hard work.”

Adams had purchased the rights to the Kats franchise after the original Kats moved to Atlanta after the 2001 season.

Pat Sperduto, who coached the Kats to two Arena Bowl appearances in the original Kats’ final two seasons, was retained and guided the new incarnation of the team through all three of its seasons under Adams’ ownership.

It is uncertain what will happen to the coaching staff and front office personnel of the club, including general manager Bob Flynn.

Sperduto would appear to have the best chance of finding some role in the Titans’ organization, as he has spent time doing advance scouting work and personnel evaluations for the club since the Kats’ season ended.

Kats players will likely be shuttled to other clubs around the Arena League.

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By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Crap thats almost as much as the Preds. Glad you didn't ask for our money you might have gotten it.

By: predfan306 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I'm sorry to see the team leave. Sports do so much for fans in many ways.

By: predfan306 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

For the record, the Tennessean has reported that "The Predators averaged 13,724 paid fans for their first two home games this season, according to the Metro Sports Authority."

By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Good for them.

By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 6:00

May the Kats "REST IN PEACE" I will always remember the ice hockey arena in Nashville as a great place for a basketball tournament. I wish the Predators had enough fans so that the taxpayers of Davidson County did not have to consider them on the same basis as a public restroom. Unprofitable and expensive but a necessary convenience for those that have a need for such.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

The Kats are like a minor league football team and when you have the Titans in the same town it would be like having the Sounds and a major league team here. The minor league team will not survive in this city with a major league of the same sport here also.

By: jwk6179 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I really enjoyed going to see the ORIGINAL Nashville Kats play prior to the NFL getting envolved with the Arena League. After they left to become the Georgia Force and the Nashville Kats came back in 2005, it just wasn't the same. The ORIGINAL Kats games were fun to attend, where as, the latest verison of the Kats game just weren't the same event that they were before.

By: WickedTribe on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I wish we could get an arena soccer team to replace them. I'd watch arena soccer.

By: Cowboy84 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

You would be the only one Wicked, at least you're in a better mood than frank this morning. As to the Kats leaving, that opens the arena up for more concerts and other money-making events.

By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 6:00

The original Kats had great cheerleaders. They were very active at community and corporate functions and good ambassadors for the club. As was the quarterbackKelly, a former NFL pro. Titan is right, with a pro team in town the Kats are in the shadow of the other club.Soccer is picking up a few fans but in the US it mainly functions as a safer, less expensive team sport for kids to gain athleticism and sportsmanship.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Frank's just mad because he knows the Preds aren't going anywhere. That should make him happy though. It gives him many more years of complaining.

By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Gdiafante,you just do not get it do you? It is not the Predators I abhor,it is the manner in which they are bound to this city. This is not a Predators problem .(other than lack of fan support) This is about the allocation of taxpayer dollars for promotion of private enterprise.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I get it Frank, you are attacking the fans who support the Predators, when you're ire should be directed at the government.

By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 6:00

gd you are the one that makes it personal all the time.13 million is enough of OUR money.Do you really think that they put down 10 million of THEIR money that is non refundable if they couldn't make money as is or they had a deal made?

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I make it personal? I already said that I don’t care. Nashville doesn’t deserve the team. I would rather the team go to a place where it can get the attention it deserves. Id, now read the following sentence very slowly so you can understand it completely: Metro will be paying the $13 million whether the Preds are here or not. Got it?

By: SportsFan13 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

ID...Get your facts right, whether the Preds are there or not that $13M has to be paid. Having a full time tenant in the arean is and should be a priority. Tom T Hall is not the answer. Do you really think 3-5 concerts a week is realistic for a full year?

By: WSPanic on 12/31/69 at 6:00

It's not even a real sport. . . .

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Tell that to the players WS.

By: MFO on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Very Disappointing. If people are going to start a sports team in Nashville they need to come with the intention of following through and know how to do it right rather than copping out and letting us down. Hope somebody else comes in to fill the void. This is intended to be a statement. Not interested in any negative feedback.

By: global_citizen on 12/31/69 at 6:00

This is sad. The Kats were fun to watch and tickets were inexpensive. More people should have discovered what fun arena football could be. On a personal note, Bob Flynn is an acquaintance and I hope he lands a good job with the Titans.